There was a very interesting article in Semana on Lionel Messi (it is in Spanish). It is about how the pressure on a shy young kid, who only wanted to enjoy playing football, is destroying the talent of this player. And as with myself, the writer admits that all of us football fans are to blame for this pressure on this young boy.
Some great teams have been eliminated from the World Cup. Not Argentina. They are now among the world's eight best; a side where they hardly run (except DiMaria), and just wait for Messi to do something with the ball. Football is not just a wheel of fortune where you hope the ball lands on Messi! You cannot win a World Cup this way, and the Swiss were largely unlucky not to prove it.
Argentina have had two recent draws in World Cup qualifying, 0-0 at home to Colombia and 1-1 away to Ecuador, and are now assured of at least a playoff place for Brazil 2014 one win from their remaining three ... Continue reading â†’
Argentina beat Guatemala 4-0 in a friendly last night with Lionel Messi scoring a hat-trick on his triumphant return to the national side in a less than taxing affair for the Albiceleste.
Messi's first goal was a bit of a cracker in its own right but it was his second, a penalty, which took on added significance as it saw the Barcelona Ewok draw level alongside Diego Maradona in the all-time Argentina goalscoring stakes on 34 goals in 11 fewer caps.
It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career. Carlton Fisk
Quarter-Finals, that has been quite a dreaded word in every Argentinian football fans dictionary for some time! There is rather good reason for it too. In three of the last four tournaments they featured, they made unceremonious exit at this stage.
Some of the playing cards featuring art by Adrián Oviedo, Asclê de Oliveira, Thiago Ramon Grizilli and many others.
There have been several times in my life when I've run across something that I didn't even know I wanted. For example, there are artists that add monsters to thrift store paintings, turning boring into amazing.
Perhaps no team enters the 2014 FIFA World Cup with less confidence than South Korea's Taeguk Warriors. Korea Republic finished a tumultuous qualifying campaign by qualifying on a goal difference of +1 over Uzbekistan, thanks largely to a 6-0 defeat of Lebanon back in 2011. They promptly dismissed Coach Choi Kang-Hee after qualifying and replaced him with national soccer icon Hong Myung Bo.
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Lionel Messi, the natural heir to the throne of Diego Maradona, had emulated Maradona in more than one occasion. The best of it was that replica of Diego Maradona's goal in 1986 and the worst was the shameful handball goal against Espanyol.
Rumors swirled over Argentine camp this week after PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi was given permission to leave for "personal reasons" at the same time that FIFA decided to do a surprise drug testing at the Argentine training complex in Ezeiza.
When Lavezzi was excluded from the testing, the rumors were rampant as to why this was happening and the only logical explanation was that Lavezzi was going to have a positive drug test.
The World Cup is inching ever nearer, and there are plenty of betting markets for punters to get involved with over the month long tournament. A lot of focus will be on the Golden Ball winner (player of the tournament) with the best players in the world vying to join a list of winners that includes the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Pele and Bobby Charlton.
It was an unforgettable match that will long go down in history as one of the most talked about World Cup games of all time. It featured three goals, but only two of them are talked about religiously. Both goals were the creation of Diego Maradona.
Rather than dwelling on the controversial Hand of God goal from Diego Maradona, the following video sums up the incredible goal and the passion that erupted in the stands and in the commentator's booth after it was scored.
Last week's Hillsborough documentary was the first of eight films that ESPN will show over the next few months as part of its ESPN's 30 For 30 Soccer Series. Films two and three will air tonight at 7pm ET on ESPN with the debut ofMaradona '86andThe Opposition.
WhileHillsboroughwas a feature-length film,Maradona '86andThe Oppositionare closer to the lengths of films that many viewers are accustomed to watching in the 30 For 30 Series by ESPN.
We all love to argue who is the best player ever to have played the game, with the likes of Diego Maradona, Leo Messi, and Eusebio hot on everyone's lips. But luxury airline Emirates have taken things a step further, asking: Who is ruler of the skies?
Having started an official partnership with the FIFA World Cup back in 2006, Emirates have recently added Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to their list of global ambassadors, of which Brazilian legend Pelé, one of the All Time Greats, has been since January 2014.
Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund wrapped up the last two available places in Friday's Champions League quarter-final draw on Wednesday's. United did the improbable, beating Olympiacos 3-0 at home to win 3-2 on aggregate. Meanwhile last season's runners-up Dortmund progressed despite losing at home to Zenit.
"The Great Beauty" fue la ganadora del premio Oscar a la mejor pelÃcula en idioma no estadounidense. El premio fue para Italia (que no lo ganaba desde "La vida es bella" de Roberto Benigni, en 1998). Su director, el italiano Paolo Sorrentino, no olvidÃ³ breves y concisos agradecimientos entre los que agregÃ³: "Gracias a mi (fuente de) inspiraciÃ³n, Federico Fellini, Talking Heads, Martin Scorsese, Diego Maradona.
In news that should shock precisely no-one, Diego Maradona is reportedly seriously considering coming out of retirement in order to register as a player for Argentinian fifth-tier sideDeportivo Riestra.
Maradona, who is now 53 and hardly what you'd call a "physical specimen", joined Deportivo Riestra as the club's official "spiritual coach" last August and has been asked to take over as manager on several occasions, though his alleged reply every time was simply: "I want to play".
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is a "wimp", according to his former father-in-law Diego Maradona. Speaking on his 53rd birthday, Maradona hit out at Aguero over his break-up with wife Giannina. The couple ended their four-year marriage earlier this year. Their son Benjamin lives in Madrid with his mother.
Should West Brom Hire A Foriegn Manager? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Premier League is filled with foreign players and managers alike, but should West Bromwich Albion appoint one to become manager of the club?
Managers like Pepe Mel, Ralf Ragnick and even Argentinean great Diego Maradona have been linked with the Baggies post since former boss Steve Clarke was sacked and they all will bring a different style to the Albion side.
Gillette Stadium, Diego's House, looking a bit like El Centenario in Montevideo.
Argentinos Juniors stadium where another Diego started, way out back in the day.
The Kid is Alright and The Kids Are All Right Too plus an Interview with Lee Ngyuen
A VIEW FROM THE FORT by Jim Dow
In June, 1980 Clive Gammon wrote the following in a Sports Illustrated piece on Diego Maradona, the Argentine wunderkind who was soon to sign the then richest sports contact in the world to play for Barcelona.
An excited Diego rushes to get in the front row for the Princess Parade
The Sun have no doubt snared the biggest story breaking this morning with the news that Diego Maradona has been forced to nix a family holiday to Disney World after being denied a Visa by the US authorities.